Friday, 20 September 2013

calm Christmas

I agreed to join the second ILWS blog hop in an optimistic moment, since when I haven't had enough time to 'play' properly, not helped by the fact that that festive flurry stamps are on back-order................
If you want to start at the beginning, you need Laura's blog , or you may have come to me from Katie, in which case you have already seem some great samples.
I did intend to just show a couple of cards, but couldn't decide , so you have to suffer all of them -none are particularly wonderful, but here they are! They all use the Calm Christmas  set, and some also the northern flurry folder or assorted framelits.
The first one is just the simple dove and a greeting stamped in coastal cabana (am quite addicted to this colour) on white card - have to admit that the white base cards are nonSU, as I didn't have enough whisper white.
The next ones have a cutout dove over a framelits shape filled in with acetate that has been embossed using the northern flurry folder -it may show up better on the photo on the right  than the scan. The white one is  stamped inside using the snowflake soiree set, which is still available from last year, in coastal cabana and pistachio pudding inks; the one on the base of island indigo card is plain inside.
This one on the left has the snowflakes again, this time in  cabana, pistachio and smoky slate inks, with the dove in black on dimensionals, and the greeting on a punched label.
Next version has the dove inked with markers in wisteria wonder and pear pizazz on whisper white, with the dove partially cut out then cut using framelits - another framelit layer in wisteria, the mouinted on what came out as a very busy background of snowflake stamps again in wisteria and slate, with just the 'peace' section of the greeting stamped in versamark and silver embossed.

I am still waiting for my festive flurry stamps, but I did have the matching dies , and tried using the smaller ones to cut snowflakes out from the paper in the winter frost paper stack. My new magnetic plate was an absolute godsend, as it held the dies very firmly after I had carefully wriggled them into position - a highly recommended addition to your big shot if you haven't already given in and ordered it!
While trying to get a halfway decent photo of the embossed acetate cards,
I thought of the last card (thank goodness I can hear you saying - sorry!).
Base card is wisteria wonder, run through the big shot with the embossing folder, swiped over with white craft inkpad, then the dove stamped in versamark and embossed with white.
Your next stop is with Fiona, who has a lovely card to show you- happy hopping!

Monday, 9 September 2013

on-line shopping now live!

Did you know that you can now shop online with Stampin up!? Just click on the SU logo in the side bar, and you will go to the online shop - you will need to create an account the first time you use the site, and there is a delivery charge of £4.95 per order - but you can still get hostess benefits with an order of £150.

Friday, 2 August 2013

new catalogue bloghop

 Several demos from ILWS  have got together for a new catalogue bloghop, organised by Laura, who not surprisingly is first on the list! You should have come to me from Adele, and I am trying to match her lovely sample...........
One of my favourite new stamp sets is By the Tide, and I have made a set of 5  6x6 cards using this set, and mostly just 3 colours of ink - coastal cabana, pistachio pudding and black - with a bit of crumb cake ,smokey slate and crisp cantaloupe.for contrasts.
I wanted to try to make a porthole using me new circles framelits - I cut the frame from natural impressions paper, using the reverse side of the woodgrain sheet, and doodled the screws on using a marker pen. I used the negative shape as a mask to brush (sponges work just as well, you just get a softer effect with brushes)  the coastal cabana and pistachio inks for the background, stamped the coral stamp several times in cabana and smokey slate, and the seahorses in cabana.

 The second and third cards were very similar, using masking paper to create a strip across the card, which was inked with the cabana and pistachio inks again. After the seahorses were added I stamped the coral in cantaloupe across the bottom of the stripe, then stamped and embossed the fish in black before adding a little colour with the cabana and cantaloupe inks.
The lobster card was very similar, except the coral was stamped in cabana ink and the embossed lobster was stamped over the edge of the stripe and coloured with pistachio, cantaloupe and crumb cake-the photo of a live lobster I found on Google showed it in browny greens, not red, which is apparently only cooked lobster............
For the last two cards I used a negative mask cut using the largest die from apothecary accents framelits and
again brushed the background with cabana and pistachio inks. the seahorse and the coral was stamped 3 times with cabana ink before embossing the fish again in black and colouring it with cabana  and crumb cake.
The final card, the coral was stamped in cantaloupe, lobster with baked brown sugar and clear embossed, then coloured with cabana and cantaloupe inks. The shell was stamped onto so saffron card in baked brown sugar, ,coloured with pistachio ink and highlighted with white gel pen, cut out and glued below the lobster.

The bag was made using coastal cabana card for the base, handles were seam binding coloured by dragging over the cabana ink pad (very messy, even I used gloves and left it to dry overnight before adding to the bag). Only the cabana and pistachio inks were used for the panel, which got a whoosh with the smoosh spray to give it a bit of a sheen - a mistake, as it didn't photograph well!
Your next stop is at Leanne's - enjoy!

Monday, 15 July 2013

more swaps-updated

 Promised swaps from yesterday - scanned as photos came out lousy (too washed -out, too blurred, too dark - you name it, I got it!).
Scans were just how they fitted on, so stamp sets used are all mixed up - sorry. There is one lovely little swap I shall have another go at photographing - too dimensional to be scanned, and too nice to be forgotten.

last one now added - there was a mini chocolate at the back, now gone (had to eat it before it melted)

Sunday, 14 July 2013


 Have just got back from a day at Peterborough with Monica and Bekka - very hot, and many of the usual people were missing, but we had a good day, and there were even doughnuts left!
One of the fun parts is swapping, the theme today was 'new catalogue' - a wide variety of lovely  swaps now sit in my box, and hopefully some will make it onto the blog once I get the camera out.............and some of the stamp sets that were used  I now NEED............
Anyhow, these were mine, using the ' Simply sketched' new hostess set, which I just love.I made 3 versions - you can tell I get bored doing the same thing all the time!- all as 4" square card fronts. The background in all of them was done using markers, acrylic block and water spray - just scribble on the block with your markers (I used pool party, pear pizazz and wild wasabi), spray with water, and stamp onto your card. - you get a different effect every time.
The bird was stamped with black versafine, coloured with a crumb cake marker and a water brush. The basic version just had the sentiment stamped in the bottom corner, then I decided to pretty it up for the others. Base card for these was pool party, stamped along the bottom with the iris stamp from 'Love and sympathy', coloured with wild wasabi and pool party markers. The bird images were cut using one of the smaller labels framelits - version 2 the label is just glued onto the background, version 3 onto a doily cut from copy paper using the largest from the  the delicate doilies sizzlit.
Apologies for the poor scan of the first one, all the swaps went so I don't have a spare to scan on a coloured background

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

simply sketched

A quick-ish and very simple card using the new hostess set Simply sketched. The flower was stamped in versamark onto grey card and white embossed. I then painted the image using a water brush and white stazon reinker, and left it to dry overnight - it has to be really dry before you add colour.  Painting was done with the waterbrush again - well washed to get rid of the stazon - and primrose petals and raspberry ripple inks.
Base card is 6" square pearlescent, and mats were whisper white and strawberry slush
The original post with proper instructions  for this technique is here

Sunday, 7 April 2013

wasting time.............

I should really be finishing off workshop samples, but I still have a whole day yet.............don't want to lose my last-minute reputation, do I?Anyhow, the first card I actually made a couple of  months ago while everyone was trying out my new stamps at Moira's, using the clockworks set. The background was made using the stamps and grey and green inks on a scrap of green card.                                                   The second card was one of today's, using the tripletime stamping technique. the base card and the layers are bravo burgundy, and the stamped layers started out as white. Images were stamped using grey, early espresso and cajun craze inks
 - they were all eye-balled with varying degrees of success, though I did use the thing-a-majig for the clock faces (not that you would notice on one of them!) The watch frame was stamped in versamark and embossed with copper powder, numbers and hands stamped in black.
This was the first time I had used the burgundy card, and I will now have to stock up as it is one of the colours being withdrawn, along with my favourite blues, typical!
 The background for the huge swallowtail butterfly stamp was also a product of the session at Moira's - I used stamps from the Gently falling set and practically all the green marker pens that I  had with some touches of coral and blue in there as well - using the markers meant that I could mix several greens on the one stamp at once. I edged the square with pear pizazz and old olive inks after stamping and embossing the butterfly - it would have looked better if I had cut the paper first before stamping the butterfly, as I ended with the stamp too close to an edge to cut out with the butterfly at an angle............this is one a white 8" square card base, it really is a BIG stamp!
The last one used the tree from Serene silhouettes, stamped in black over a sponged background in old olive, pear pizazz and baja breeze through a mask cut using an oval framelits die, cut out with a larger die and mounted onto a gumball green oval using the largest die, then onto a 6" square card.